Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Christmas Treasures #1

Friends. FRIENDS.

Look what I have!

Dolly shelves! Please excuse all the random on the shelves. I have a toddler that gets into EVERYTHING. Just after thanksgiving the hubby put these up for me. And this is just the beginning! On the EAH shelf there will be a riser so we can see the faces of the lovelies in the back. The top shelf I'm going to get out some of my vintage Barbies to display. I can't wait to get this more organized!

So today I am going to feature one of my dolly treasures from this Christmas. This was a gift from Jacob. Isn't he sweet? He knows just what to pick out at the store for Mommy! ;) (reality: mommy found this at a black Friday sale.)

The ice cream romper Fashionista!

I know some of you already have her! Actually, I featured her on this blog before about a year ago when I wrote a post about new things I found in the dolly aisle in the store. I just fell in love with her. And she has PINK HAIR.

Seriously, how cute is she?

The romper. Ice cream bars. I can't even......

And she completes the look with white sneaker wedges. 

I love her! So much! She definitely ranks up there in my favorite of the Fashionistas. (no articulation though! hmmm....)

As I said, I know some of you have her! Do you love her as much as I do?

I'll have another post in a week or so! Until next time!

Sunday, January 22, 2017

A Makeover You're Going To Love

Happy almost February!

This month has flown by. As you get older, do the days get quicker? I think the answer to that is a resounding YES.

But I have been busy so maybe that's why this month went by quickly? Not only have I been busy with work and a toddler, I've been occupied with a project. AND I FINISHED IT. Me! I finished a project! *happy dance*

Remember Miss Courtly Jester. Cool dress. All purple shoes. All purple armbands. All pink headpiece. All pink curled fringe around her waist. All magenta collar. So bland.

So I busted out the acrylic paints and went to town. 

*squee* She's PERFECT!!

The hardest part of this painting project was painting the outline of the hearts on her hat. I don't have a small enough detail paint brush for that. And my white paint seems to be super thick. So I just had to do some touch up (and scraping off) after that. 

I am SUPER pleased at how her collar came out. I will tell you that I do not have any purple or pink paints in my collection. Any pinks or purples I did on this doll I mixed and I am stoked on how they turned out. The magenta color is the original color of the collar. The light and 2 colors of dark purple I mixed. I also painted the part closest to her neck black.

I believe if you look at animated pictures of Courtly, her gauntlets are die-cut and you can see through them. Instead of trying to mix a peach color to match her skin, I just painted them white. Remember how I mentioned that I don't have a super fine detail paintbrush? This was another part of the doll that was super hard to paint. So I used a toothpick. I can't believe it worked! And also had to paint the bracelets gold.

Left gauntlet. 

This one was easy to paint. Top is light purple, bottom could be kept the same color. Because of the type of waxy plastic that it was, if I got any paint on the underside, it was easy to scratch off. 

Now for the shoes! Love these. It took me a while to find a pink that I was happy with but I made it work. The gold "chain" at the top of the boot was factory painted.

Left boot

lovelovelove Her boots were already cool and now they are even cooler.

Now I have to figure out what to do with this! 

This came attached around the tall boot. I guess they thought they had to break up the color on the boots. This bow is not on her animated self. This is the picture I used for inspiration.

What do you think of the new and improved Courtly Jester? Does this inspire you to paint yours? I still need to put the curl over her eye. But that requires me to ransack the bathroom for my styling paste so it will stay hard. No clue where it is. I'll find it someday. 

I'll have another post up this week. Stay tuned!

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! I hope the holiday season was filled with much love and happiness for you and yours. I'm going to be honest, I had a hard time getting into the spirit this year. I had a few health issues I dealt with in October/November which made things hard for me. But seeing the delight on my son's face when he saw family and opened packages got me in the spirit real quick. 

As I write this he is trying to take a nap but resisting going to sleep by laying in his crib and taking his pants off. I can't believe he's almost 2!

I also hope that your dreams came true this season. We all have a lot to be thankful for!

I did get some dolly's this Christmas, I hope you got some goodness as well! Whether it's in the form of dolls or diamonds or some homemade baked goodies. YUM!

Before I get into my wonderful gifts from my amazing family, I'll showcase one more doll that I received in the past couple of months growing my collection of EAH! (And because I haven't photographed the new ones yet.) :)

I heard that there will be no more new webisodes of Ever After High! Are they starting to close down this line of dolls? NOOOOOOO.

Whatever they decide to do, I have an awesome collection nonetheless. You may remember that I only collect the first wave and have a couple of spinoff lines, those being Thronecoming and Way Too Wonderland. I added another doll to my WTW line!

The fabulous Courtly Jester!

In the Way Too Wonderland special, Courtly starts out as a villain in the Wonderland Realm (she has the ability to change and look like anyone so that creates some havok in Wonderland.) She has a change of heart and comes back to Book End to attend Ever After High. There was voting on their website to let viewers decide if she should be allowed to attend EAH despite her villainous past. The vote was pretty much unanimous. She was allowed to attend! And boy do I love this doll!

Just look at how jester-like she is! I love the diamond around her eye and her jester hat and her fabulous collar. There is a curl of hair that covers her right eye but I don't think they boxed her that way as it makes her seem, well, not as pleasant as the other dolls. So I'll get on that and give her that curl over her eye. And probably paint the hat too. Give it some dimension. It does have those embossed elements which would totally work with some paint.

Royal and Rebel Pedia Wiki

Dress is not exactly like the webisode version but I do like it. It adds to her funky vibe and they did replicate the turned up tails and her belt very well. Could also use some paint so I'll do that too. 

She wears gauntlets with holes in them, her right one contains bracelets while the left one does not. The bracelets are gold so another thing to paint.

Her hair is blonde with a purple streak in front and no other color in back. She just wears it in a simple ponytail that goes through her collar.

THE SHOES! How can you NOT love these! Besides her light and dark purple tights, one boot is higher than the other and contains a ribbon. It fits so well with the wonderland theme!

Both boots have die-cuts on the side and are super high with spikes. Profile of the right.

And profile of the left. 

And there are also extreme details on the boots too that I'll have to paint. I better get to work! :)
Also, she is the same height as the other Wonderlandians so she matches the height of Maddie, Lizzie and Kitty.

What do you think of Courtly Jester? Is she in your collection? Let me know in the comments!

Until next time where I can showcase the goodies received for Christmas!